Open Reading Session Begins Literary Series

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Byline: Gwen H. Jader Daily Herald Correspondent

Literature is alive and well at the College of Lake County. The school's communication arts division is expanding its reach by inviting published authors and poets to read poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction each month.

Kicking off the series in 2004 will be the school's part-time faculty members with an open reading session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Studio Theatre on the campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

Composition instructor Mary Martersteck of Long Grove will read "Common Allurement," a story about growing up in Evanston during the 1960s, as well as some of her poetry.

She earned an undergraduate degree from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., and a master's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston.

Composition instructor Shaindel Beers-Finley of Wauconda will read poems examining current issues. In "Why It Almost Never Ends with Stripping," she describes how many women end up working in the adult entertainment industry.

She also will read "For Stephen Funk, in Prison for Protesting the Iraq War."

Beers-Finley writes sestinas. A sestina consists of six six-line stanzas and a three-line concluding stanza. The ending words of the first stanza are repeated throughout each subsequent stanza in a set pattern. …